Beer 511

Exploring the Craft Beer and Homebrew Scenes in Peru (Country Code 51) and the USA (Country Code 1)

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Brewing at Sierra Nevada

On Friday I had the opportunity to brew a beer with fellow members of my homebrewers’ club on Sierra Nevada’s 20-gal. “nano brewery” for an “ExBeeriment”.   One team went to Chico on Thursday and brewed an IPA with the addition of flaked oats.  On Friday, my team brewed the same beer but with non-malted wheat.

After fermentation, both beers will be subjected to laboratory analysis and will be served side-by-side at Sierra Nevada’s “Torpedo Room” taproom in Berkeley sometime in April, accompanied by a presentation on the lab analyses.

The folk at Sierra Nevada were awesome.  Not only did they make time in their schedules to invite us to do this, but they gave us behind-the-scenes tours of the brewery, treated us to lunch at their onsite pub, and  let us sample beer straight from the bottling line bright tanks and the 200-bbl fermentation tanks.

Lima gets MAD

I just came across a notice that yesterday, MAD Brewery, Lima’s newest craft brewery, launched its first commercial offerings a the La Bodega Cervecera store in the El Polo II shopping center.

It seems that MAD is launching with a 6.3% abv, 66 IBU India Red Ale, a 6.2%, 56 IBU IPA, and a 6.1% amber ale.

They’ll be ones that I shall be keeping an eye out for when I’m down there next.

Latin American Craft Beer Cup

This year’s Latin American Craft Beer Cup (Copa Latinoamericana de Cervezas Artesanales, or Copa Latam) competition has been set to take place in Lima, from the 14th to the 20th of May.

The Copa Latam is a BJCP-sanctioned competition launched in 2014 through a collaboration between Peruvian craft brewers.  The competition takes place concurrently with the Latin American Craft Brewers’ Conference.The first two events (2014 and 2016) were held in Lima, and last year’s was held in Cusco.

Last year’s competition included participating breweries from Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Mexico, and, of course, Peru.

 

Danville Brewing at Øl

Just a few images from Thursday night’s Meet-the-Brewer event at Øl Beercafe & Bottleshop in Walnut Creek, featuring Danville Brewing Company and their award-winning head brewer, my friend, Matt Sager …

Top left: DBC’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie beer; Top right: DBC’s Tres Diablos Triple IPA; Bottom, from L to R: Matt and Orlando, DBC’s brewing team, and I

 

The Rake (Alameda, CA)

The Rake is Admiral Maltings‘ own taproom, attached to the malt house in Alameda.

The Rake has the distinction of serving only beers made by local breweries using Admiral Maltings’ own malts.  And, for the cherry on top, it is one of the very few beer bars –probably the only one, in fact– which overlooks the very malting floor where that malt is produced!

 

The Rake
651A W Tower Ave
Alameda, California 94501

http://admiralmaltings.com/#rake

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